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Nelson Cruz expected to be in Orioles’ lineup Tuesday

Jun 2, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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The Orioles were given quite the scare yesterday when slugger Nelson Cruz was hit on the left hand with a pitch, but the early word is that he’s on track to be in the starting lineup tomorrow against the Rangers.

Fortunately no fracture was found in Cruz’s hand and he’s only dealing with a contusion. The swelling is down and he’s able to grip a bat, so Roch Kubatko of writes that the Orioles are “encouraged” that he’ll be able to play tomorrow. It’s no sure thing, as the final test will be batting practice tomorrow, but the good news is that it’s a day-to-day situation.

Signed to a one-year, $8 million deal over the winter, Cruz has been a tremendous bargain for the Orioles and one of the most productive hitters in the game. The 33-year-old is batting .314/.384/.672 in 54 games and leads the majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBI. He was named the AL Player of the Week earlier today.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Today’s scheduled day off sure came in handy for the Birds.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      After today’s games, your team is only a half game out of second place in the AL East.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Yea, it’s really nice when we gain ground on the entire division and don’t even have to play any games!

  2. ud1951 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    One thing I always enjoy reading about in baseball is when a player feels unloved, aggrieved and disrespected, then comes out and has a monster year to prove to everyone how wrong they were about him. I’ve never been much of a Nelson Cruz fan, but I am now. Success, failure and then redemption, a great story line in sports.

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